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Stephen M. Gill
Stephen M. Gill
Partner — Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets
Partner — Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets

Stephen M. Gill

Stephen M. Gill
Houston

1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002

start quote symbolMy practice involves a lot of counseling. Most of the time I'm dealing with members of boards of public companies who are very well accomplished in their respective fields. But they're facing bet-the-company transactions, often for the first time. I’m helping really smart people accomplish their strategic objectives.end quote symbol
Stephen M. Gill

Stephen M. Gill is an accomplished corporate lawyer who leads Vinson & Elkins’ public company mergers & acquisitions practice. Steve advises both acquirers and targets involved in high-profile transactions across industry sectors.

Some of his notable representations include advising RSP Permian in its $9.5 billion sale to Concho Resources, which created the largest unconventional shale producer in the Permian Basin, and advising Maxar Technologies in its $3.6 billion merger with DigitalGlobe, which produced a leading provider of satellites, earth imagery, geospatial data solutions and analytics.

In addition to his M&A work, Steve represents public companies with respect to securities law compliance, securities offerings, and corporate governance. He also advises public companies on matters relating to shareholder activism defense.

Steve is V&E’s chairman of talent management and is also the firm’s hiring partner. Widely recognized for his accomplishments, he has twice been named an Energy MVP by Law360, and was one of three finalists for Texas Lawyer’s 2018 Attorney of the Year. Steve is a member of the board of directors of the Houston Society for the Performing Arts.

Experience Highlights

  • Noble Energy in its $13 billion sale to Chevron

  • Jagged Peak Energy in its $2.27 billion merger with Parsley Energy

  • Roan Resources in its $1 billion sale to Citizen Energy Operating, LLC, an affiliate of Warburg Pincus

  • WildHorse Resource Development in its $4 billion sale to Chesapeake Energy

  • Maxar Technologies in its $3.6 billion merger with DigitalGlobe, creating a leading provider of satellites, earth imagery, geospatial data solutions and analytics

  • RSP Permian in its $9.5 billion sale to Concho Resources, creating the largest unconventional shale producer in the Permian Basin

  • Rice Energy in its $6.7 billion merger with EQT Corporation, creating the largest independent producer of natural gas in the United States

  • The Shaw Group in its $3 billion sale to Chicago Bridge & Iron

  • C&J Energy Services in its $2.86 billion merger with Nabors’ completion and production business to create a leading diversified completion and production services provider

  • Energy XXI in its $2.3 billion acquisition of EPL Oil & Gas Inc., creating the largest publicly traded independent oil and gas producer on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf

  • Select Energy Services, an affiliate of Crestview Partners, in its $1.3 billion merger with Rockwater Energy Solutions

  • Westlake Chemical Corp. in its subsequently withdrawn unsolicited $1.2 billion bid to acquire Georgia Gulf Corp., North America’s largest maker of vinyl construction products

  • Huntsman Corporation in its $1.1 billion acquisition of the performance additives and titanium dioxide businesses of Rockwood Holdings

  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in its $1 billion transfer to the Catholic Health Initiatives

  • NorthStar Realty Finance in the approximately $16 billion combination with NorthStar Asset Management Group and Colony Capital in an all-stock merger of equals transaction to create a world-class, internally-managed, diversified real estate and investment management platform

  • CYS Investments, an agency mortgage REIT, in its merger with Two Harbors Investment Corp., a leading hybrid mortgage REIT

  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Owens Realty Mortgage, a specialty finance REIT, in its $200 million merger with Ready Capital Corporation, a real estate finance company

  • Rice Energy in the proxy contest defense of its merger with EQT against JANA Partners 

  • Sandridge Energy in its proxy contest defense against Carl Icahn and in the defense of the unsolicited bid of Midstates Petroleum

  • Crest Financial Limited in its proxy contest against the merger of Clearwire Corporation with Sprint Nextel Corporation, resulting in an increase of the merger consideration of approximately 70% from $2.97 to $5.00, valuing Clearwire at $14 billion

Credentials

  • Tulane Law School, J.D. summa cum laude, 2001 (Notes & Comments Editor, Tulane Law Review; Order of the Coif)
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., Political Science, 1998
  • Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A (Texas), 2018-2020; Up and Coming, 2018 and 2019
  • Law360, Energy MVP, 2017 and 2018; Rising Star, Energy, 2015
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2005−2015
  • Legal 500 U.S., Energy Transactions, 2017; M&A: Large Deals, 2017–2019; Private Equity Buyouts, 2017; Real Estate: REITs, 2017; Shareholder Activism, 2019 and 2020; US Taxes: Non-Contentious, 2019
  • Texas
  • “Public Company Consolidations: What You Need to Know,” Energy Series, V&E Houston Office, March 20, 2019 (speaker)
  • “Shareholder Activism,” The Deal Economy Conference – Chicago, September 24, 2018 (panelist)
  • “What to Do When the Barbarians Are At Your Gate: A Shareholder Activism Bootcamp,” National Investor Relations Institute Annual Conference, June 10, 2018 (speaker)
  • “M&A Transaction Structures: Corporate, Reporting, and Tax Considerations,” V&E Houston Office, June 14, 2017 (speaker)
  • “2016 Proxy Review, 2017 Predictions & ISS Voting Policy Updates,” Houston Chapter of Society for Corporate Governance, February 8, 2017 (speaker)
  • “Confidentiality Agreements and Standstill Agreements,” 35th Annual Conference on Securities Regulation and Business Law of the University of Texas School of Law, February 2013 (presenter)